Nietzsche and the New Year

A gem for every new year, secular or religious, and this year is no exception. The Gay Science, 276 (trans. Kaufmann):

For the new year. — I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think. Sum, ergo cogito: cogito, ergo sum. Today everybody permits himself the expression of his wish and his dearest thought: hence I, too, shall say what it is that I wish from myself today, and what was the first thought to run across my heart this year — what thought shall be for me the reason, warranty, and sweetness of my life henceforth. I want to learn to see more and more as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who makes things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all and all and on the whole: someday I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.

It has been a year of looking away and not accusing, and for that I am a step further toward that most difficult but inestimable life of being “only a Yes-sayer.” And for that reason I look back with gratitude and satisfaction on 2014, and wish you, dear reader, a most prosperous, peaceful, joyous, yes-saying new year.